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. actors michael tucker and jill ikenberry are here. formerly bay area folks, working on stage and films, care for an elderly parent and recently met a repeat breast cancer challenge. how do we know this? michael keeps writing books. his first novel is ready. we'll catch up and hear how sustainable food keeps a local restaurant sustained, even through a recession. i'm susan sikora and that is on "bay area focus" next.
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. welcome to the show. i'm susan sikora. good writing is a find in tv drama. for eight seasons, the series l.a. law was appointment tv. it was about a firm of attorneys, including a married couple played by real life husband and wife, michael tucker and jill ikenberry. take a look. >> okay. let's go. >> um, what about, you know, sex? >> and? >> stewart issue we have to ask. will it -- stewart, we have to ask. will it kill him? >> of course not. heart attack victims can lead normal six error lives. >> sounds great. >> normal is okay. anything more than that -- . >> and? >> stewart, this is our doctor, we have to be candid. he tends to be rigorous. >> how rigorous? >> he usually perspires. >> try to avoid physicians where you're on your -- positions on your arms. >> no positions on the arms. >> no hot -- no hot or cold showers before or after. how long does it take between
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arousal and resolutions? >> um, 15 minutes? >> yeah. it's a good 15 minutes. >> okay. that is it. >> two words. -- stewart, don't wheel yourself out. i was only being concerned. thank you, doctor. stewart, i was only being concerned. >> and i haven't seen that in awhile. okay. afterwards, michael and jill moved to mill valley and despite being -- they're pretty open about the issues in their real lives as well, like nurturing a career in show business while caring for an elderly parent. privacy is tough considering that michael added writing to his talents. after annie is his first novel about a man who loses his wife, is described as a what-if response drawn from their real life because recently, jill survived a recurrence of breast cancer. michael tucker and jill ikenberry, welcome back. >> nice to see you. >> thank you. >> how are you? >> i'm great. that was 2009. >> uh. >> it was real tiny.
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i didn't have to consider chemo. i'm on arima deck, x, which takes the estrogen out of your body, like i have any. [ laughter ] >> i know. >> and i feel terrific. >> uh-huh. >> i am, you know, i don't see any woods, but i'm doing good. >> you told us, actually, you said you had a recan rinse late from the last story you were here to talk about. >> uh-huh. >> which was family meals, a book about moving your mother, laura, back to new york from l.a. >> uh. >> stress. stress can be a factor. >> it can be. it can be. >> did you watch this carefully? >> yeah, you know, i do a lot to try to ameliorate the stress. >> uh. >> yoga, meditation, walks in central park. >> uh-huh. >> we get away to beautiful places like san francisco as often as we can. >> uh-huh. >> and we have a house in italy when we -- that we go to. >> we'll get to that in a second. >> okay. >> first of all, michael, this is -- . >> yes. >> this is your first novel. i didn't finish it and i'm like -- there is a lot of stuff in
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here i'm thinking oh, oh, he wrote that about them. that is true, sounds like them d. you ed it yourself a bit -- edit it yourself as to what went? or do you have to live with it? >> i wrote the book, a mantr awhile writing the book was no one will ever read this. [ laughter ] that kind of frees you up. >> uh-huh. >> and it's, you know, a lot of the stuff in the book is fiction. it's fiction. >> uh-huh. >> it's not about mike and jill, it's about her being annie and there are a lot of similarities between her being annie. >> there are. there are actors, they're in new york. >> uh-huh. all of that is the same. >> she has cancer. >> uh. that is the same because it gave me, you know, a wonderful world of things to draw on, to make the book real. >> uh-huh. >> and then the great thing about writing fiction is you can lie. >> uh-huh. >> you can exaggerate and fantasize. >> uh-huh.
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>> and that makes for a more interesting story. >> tell me about the title. because, let's face it, after annie, i don't want to give much away here, the novel, you want to get it as you read it, obviously, after annie talks about a man who loses his wife to cancer. >> okay. >> and it's a what-if. >> uh. >> i'm wondering, if i were sitting here with my husband and he wrote a book, and hi cancer, which i did, i talked to you last year. i'm going to write after susan, what, what do you mean? i'm still here. >> did you have that little -- . >> uh-huh. >> you start. >> no, i was going to say i didn't write a book called after jill. >> yeah. >> a big difference. >> he didn't tell me he was writing this in the beginning. then he sat me down and told me he would like me to read the first four chapters of the book. i was so moved by the relationship between her being annie, which is incredibly moving to me. i think it's beautifully written, that i forgot to worry that everyone would think i was dead after they read it.
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i go in to every single book event. >> huh. >> and i go hi, i'm here, hello. i'm still alive. absolutely. yeah. >> and the other thing about the book, there is some incredible women characters in the book. one is this beautiful young actress that his wife annie sort of sets him up to mentor after she's gone. and people said gosh, how is that for you that there is a beautiful younger woman that he sort of gets involved with. i said, another friend a wise friend said no, no, annie is who jill was and olive and who jill is becoming. i thought that works. that works for me. i am making the best of it, susan. you know, i am not a writer. [ laughter ] >> i think you're a really good sport. did she get a cut of the book sales? >> absolutely. fifty/50. >> was it methodic for you to write? >> absolutely. i was scared to death by the word recurrence. >> yes. >> we got used to the word cancer. currents was a knife through my
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motor -- my heart and i couldn't get it out of my mind. i was looking for a family meal and wondering what i was going to write next. i started to write about this fear, what if jill's recurrence, unlike the reality, she's fine, what if it doesn't go that way? >> uh-huh. >> yeah. >> and then i, to free myself, i didn't write me, i wrote this guy hershey who, from the -- herbie, who from the first page is not me. there are things about him that are like me. >> you could fool me. >> no, believe me, he drippings more than i do. >> good, i'm glad to hear that. i was going to ask but that. >> his sex life is not as interesting as ours. >> huh. >> there are many differences. >> you said he started to want to hear what herbie had to say next? it was like herbie was driving the train. >> uh-huh. >> he's a big difference, a big difference. herbie says exactly what he thinks to people. he's very forthright and very
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angie. he's -- angry. he's angry this brilliant life he create side over. >> yeah. >> he doesn't know if he exists. there was herbie and annie and this third person called herbie and annie. >> uh-huh. >> herbie and annie had its own life and bank account and career. it was huge in his life. >> uh-huh. >> he doesn't lose annie but her being annie. >> i would say her being ann, that is what resonates to me about michael and jill. >> yeah. >> what res an oates. you do that in the bay area. >> that i drew off of our life, you know, definitely. >> i also want to say that this is a very funny book. >> yes. >> in fact, a lot of reviewers said this is a brilliant comic novel, which is fin, hard to imagine. >> it's really brilliant. >> it's brilliant. >> we're going to bask in michael's writing brilliance here and talk a little bit more after the break. we'll come back. don't go away. okay. . >> it's really brilliant. >> thank you.
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. new book after annie, a good read from what i read so far, by michael tucker and jill ikenberry, a husband-and-wife team, they're actors. don't you miss mill valley? >> we do. >> when you come back here to visit, do you ride where your old house was? >> we did that yesterday. absolutely. >> it looks really nice. you think why didn't we -- .
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>> what were we thinking in. >> of course, you left because you bought this -- i love the fact that you're bold, it's not like -- well, some day we'll do that, but you did it. you bought this place in italy and fixed it up. >> uh-huh. >> and had this nice retirement going. the wheels came off of the wagon when your mother blaha -- laura was in l.a. and needed help. >> santa barbara. >> her husband died. >> uh-huh. >> she started to decline mentally. >> yeah. >> and she was out at a retirement, assisted lying and thought that is where she would live out her days. >> for sure. >> it was -- didn't work like that. she didn't hear well and handy heard well since her 30s, and she started to, you know, not be able to function and realize how much he was covering for her, her husband. >> yes. >> and she was wandering the grounds at night and i was getting calls. it was really bad. >> so you brought her back to new york and i don't know fortuitously or a miracle, something, the place across the hall from where you lived in new york, where you relocated
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from mill valley, the second home other than italy back and forth, that opened up and your kids were able to help. max and allison, right? >> yeah. >> how did that work out? it's hard to care for an elderly parent. >> it's been working out extremely well. our daughter cooks for her mom, she's a private chef and cooks for my mom every week. my aidses are fantastic, they love her, she loves them and she's feeling secure and content. she doesn't speak much anymore, so it's hard ton exactly how she feels, but she's very present and sees what is going on. but, it's getting prohibitive. it's just -- we had no idea it was going to be five years like this. >> uh. >> and actually, we're going to have to move her and we found a beautiful alternative place, the actor's fund home in englewood, new jersey, which takes relatives of actors. >> great. >> a non-profit, beautiful little place. >> uh-huh. >> i'm going to do that and it going to be hard. >> i see what is coming. i have an older mother also and
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she's living in the area. we relocated her here. i see there is a commute from new york to englewood? >> uh-huh. >> yeah. yeah. >> not about the price of the gas but your time and enhandley to do this. -- energy to do this. >> absolutely. we have to not carry the whole burden. we can't do it anymore. >> what about the kids? how has it impacted them? they're hands-on. >> they feeling this is the right decision. they really are. and allison's career is launched in new york. she moved from l.a. to start up her catering again and she's got a career, so she's not depending on that. >> uh. >> and they will go out and visit had -- uh-huh. >> and they will go out and visit her and believe this is the right thing. >> yeah. it's a difficult thing for a family to do. people don't talk about it. i think a lot of people are going through this and when you start to feel like i don't know if i can do this anymore, gail shehe wrote -- and you feel guilty. it's my mother, father, in- laws, whatever, i have to do
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this. >> you know, you have to think about -- we have to think about our parents and our children. >> uh-huh. >> and we have to think about our own lives. >> that's right. >> you have to do it all. >> you have to balance it. >> when you got cancer a second time, sometimes it's your body saying take time for jill. >> yeah. >> for susan or michael, whatever. >> exactly. >> you have to do that and it's hard to balance. >> it is. >> very hard to balance. >> speaking of balance, you thought a couple years back you were going to have a wonderful life in italy and the days would be going to the market and picking up the fresh stuff and making a meal and sitting outside and having this wonderful thing and how often do we go to italy? >> we're going to go around june 1st for six weeks. >> uh-huh. >> and we'll do all of the things you talked about. >> u huh. >> and then we're coming back and we have a gig in stockbridge, massachusetts. a brookshire theatre. >> we're going to be in a play together. >> how do you do this? people doing any one of the things you mentioned the last
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few minutes together, are going how do they have time to have a place in italy, go to new york, move the mother to new jersey and then go -- by the way, we're going act. you have to learn lines. how do you balance life? >> i try to forget my lines. [ laughter ] >> and how good are you at that? >> you know, very good. you know the secret is that we have each other. >> uh-huh. >> that is the secret. >> uh-huh. >> we can do anything if we have each other. >> uh-huh. >> and we still keep, we still keep the relationship the priority in terms of, you know, if we than we're good together, then everything is possible. if year -- we're not, everything is overwhelming. >> to keep making sure we're working on this. that is important. >> how do you deal with the women who have dealt with breast cancer as we both have? >> uh-huh. >> and not -- i finished my chemo a year agoy and i think what is next? hold your breath. i had my first mammogram successfully last week, thank goodness and you think there is the next one. >> right.
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>> and what is over the shoulder, you know? >> that is right. that's right. we're, you know, you only go in one direction, which is older. [ laughter ] >> you don't go the other way. there is nothing to do about that. >> yeah. >> and the secret, the trick is live. >> yeah. >> live while you have the chance. >> and as you said, oh, i wish i could do that. do as many wonderful things as you can and try to balance the things that are difficult and -- judge so it's okay to say yes, we're going to go to italy and have to take that time for us. if something happens to mom, they'll get to us. >> and we can get on a plane and come back. >> if you drop everything and stay here. >> right. >> and the same thing's probably will happen. >> exactly. >> that is what your life is going to be waiting. i don't want my life to be about waiting. >> quickly, one last question. you write really well. you know i'm a big fan. >> okay. >> thank you. >> and where did you learn how to do that? >> i don't know. i always wrote, but i never did anything with it, you know, i would stick it in the drawer.
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about 15 years ago, a friend of mine who is a writer said this should be a book and i wrote my first book. >> uh-huh. >> i haven't stopped since. i write every day. i love it and it's a way to express myself, obviously. after all of those years of being an actor and my artistic expression was in a collaborative thing, this is just me. and i, i really treasure that. >> uh. >> okay, and finally, help is on the way. is that part of what you're doing? >> we try to get there. they invite us every year. often, almost all -- it's in november, is that right? >> i think it's in the fall, yeah. >> the other thing that happens in november is we pick our olives in italy and take them to the mill and make our olive oil. we really try to be anty -- in italy in november. >> i want to say what an incredible job rich armand has done and through difficult times to raise money. >> uh-huh. >> the economy is not helping at all and they have hung in there, amazing people. >> and made some issues helping
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with aids research and that? >> oh, yeah. >> and we support them. >> yeah, and i think it's great that you come back. a lot of people say i'll see you but you come back. >> we have a lost friends here. >> and you performed at berkeley. that is great. anyway, i hope you always come back. >> thank you. >> you know when you're in up to, you have a seat at this table. >> always. >> thank you, susan. >> the book is called "after annie," thinly veiled on him, but it's not exactly them. that is what he said. i want to know if that is the same position you sleep never mind. it's very candid and it's good and actually funny. okay. thank you.
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welcome back. opening a food business in the bay area is tough. and competitive. the menu must be in demand,
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delicious, and affordable. but seller's market is thriving with fast, casual, and sustainable food, even in an economy where many folks are eating at home. sellers has customers what are they doing right? to find out, we welcomed back restaurateur debra. that doesn't look hill thing what is that? >> from our in-house bakery and she made beautiful cupcakes and wonderful mini cheesecakes. >> uh-huh. >> all homemade and with organic flour. >> uh-huh. >> and the chocolate is all local, katar chocolate. >> okay. >> from san francisco with a little bit of black sea salt on it and it's delish. >> all right. let's do this. let's talk about the fact that you have gone through and e -- an economy recession. >> uh-huh. >> you have two places open now? >> correct. >> okay. >> were there moments when you said oh, oh, this is not going so well or business is down, will people come in?
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>> of course. i think in the market, everybody went through a tough time, no matter what price point you had. and things change. so you have to adapt. >> uh-huh. >> and we did that. we did that in many ways. the first thing we did was we added in more value-added the menu offerings. >> what does that mean? >> we added a line of rock'n'roll sandwiches, all $6.95. >> uh. >> still using local sustainable products. >> uh-huh. >> and we used our resources, our in-house bakery and made our own breed to accommodate and to offer that valuable offering. that helped. a lost other things we did, we have been very fortunate to have folks that have been with us for three to six years. >> uh-huh. >> and our team has been wonderful. >> deb, when you talk about organic and sustainable. >> sure. >> most people think that stuff is usually pricier. it might be better for me and probably a better choice, you know, because i will get a
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boneus in my health. >> that's right. >> if it's more expensive, doesn't that affect your, i don't know, the way you run a business and your cost, really? >> of course it does, but what we have done is we, for example, the chicken, i think, you saw a moment ago. >> looks great. >> we do all of our chickens are from petaluma poultry, a sustainable farmer. >> uh-huh. >> and we use all of the chicken. so we use the chicken, we rotiss, it, we make it into a barbecue chicken salad. >> uh-huh. >> our barbecue chicken sandwiches. >> that sounds delicious. wait a minute, the bottom line, are people willing to pay more for something better? >> i think we're able to use all of the entire log, so we use the drippings to make the -- . >> oh. the soups. we cook the wings so on happy hours on thursdays we have, you know, free-range chicken wings. >> uh-huh. >> we're able to use all of the product. so, we minimize the waste. >> uh-huh. >> that is the sustainable act.
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>> that's correct. that helps us out tremendously. >> would that be the first thing to go if things got tough or not? >> no, we managed to say we will stick to our core and that is supporting local and sustainable products. >> uh-huh. >> and we use over 90% of our products are from local farmers, and they have been supportive of us our purveyors are supportive of us, and we managed to take our menu and use more of the resources. >> uh-huh. >> and because of that, drive the price down a bit. >> i understand millenuals, the people who are right now in their 20s and 30s, younger but they would not be going out to lunch necessary, may be they would, i don't know. >> right. >> and these are the ones getting the message of sustainable and organic food, which surprised me. is that who comes to sellers? >> we have all age groups that come in. mostly it's -- we're in the downtown financial district, so we get the professionals that come in. both in the financial district and also south of market where we're at second and market, there so we get a lot of folks
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in the advertising business and so forth. >> uh-huh. >> and people from the conventions. they come in and so we have had just great customers that have been with us since the day we have opened. >> uh-huh. >> and new customersta thatcome in and they looking for -- that come in and they looking for great food. >> uh. >> that is number one. the fact that we support local and sustainability, that helps, but i don't know if it's the first reason they come in. i think the first reason is the taste of the food, the employees that we . have a good day. everything is made to order -- that we have; everyone everything is made to order and we can get everything for them and made in the open kitchen fresh to order. we're true to who we are. >> do you plan to open other places los angeles? >> sure. sure. >> the next question with this is will the word chain be in the future ever? >> well, multiunit we like to say. >> multiunit, still, you have a couple of thing going. >> yeah. >> the same idea and as long as they would, i would assume,
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keeping to your standards. >> that's right. >> you and jim, your husband. >> yes. >> i assume that would be important. >> it's important and that is tough to do. >> uh. >> especially when you're talking about artisan product. >> yes. >> and not necessarily set this up, right? you would have to adjust as well and use other local purveyors as well. >> uh-huh. >> for us, i think, the important thing is using, again, what we have in our resources and we have a great hub that is able to produce a lot of these products. >> okay. i have to go. one quick question. >> sure. >> are you hire something. >> yes, we are. we have cashier positions available. >> that is the answer we wanted. okay. if you would like to visit debra sellers market on market street, visit the website at we leave you with another look at michael tucker and jill ikenberry as they perform to help raise money for aids and hiv in the bay area.
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i'm susan sikora, thank you for watching. >> stop clothing him now. brush up your shakespeare and the women you will wow. just to claim a few lines from othello, and she'll think you're a heck of a fella. >> if your blonde won't respond when you flatter her, teller what -- cleopatra. >> and you still can be shocked she pretends well, just remind her that all's well that ends well. brush up your shakespeare and they'll all -- brush up your shakespeare, stop holding him now. brush up your shakespeare. and the women you will wow. if you can't


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